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Wolfheart release stand alone new single “Iku-Turso”

Author Flavia Andrade - 11.9.2023

Wolfheart unveiled their highly-anticipated standalone single, “Iku-Turso“, in collaboration with Distortion Music Group. This powerful track released on all major music platforms September 08, 2023.

Crafted by the talented songwriter Tuomas Saukkonen, “Iku-Turso” is a testament to his creative prowess. The single has been expertly brought to life by Saku Moilanen, who handled the production, recording, mixing, and mastering with finesse at DeepNoise Studios.

In Saukkonen’s words:

Seems like with each concept album we make there is one story that is left behind and deserves a sequel to the theme. Our previous full length “King Of The North” was fully focused on Finnish Mythology and we did thorough job covering everything between creation of the nordic realm to the demigods of Finnish nature. But one truly primeval and malevolent creature, sea monster called Iku-Turso was left behind and now we are back to tell the story about a hunt of this beast that was also believed to be the god of war.

Finnish frontrunners Wolfheart have proven themselves to be one of metal’s most captivating acts of northern heritage and one of the fastest rising bands in the international melodic death metal scene. Over the course of the last three years alone, the band has remained relentless with the release of their highly acclaimed full-length, “Wolves of Karelia” (2020) and “Skull Soldiers” EP (2021), gaining massive praise from fans and press alike with their icy tales of battle and triumph. The new album, “King Of The North” (out September 16, 2022 via Napalm Records), picked up right where Wolfheart left off – taking every aspect of their trademark sound of colossal melodies, growling vocals and driving drum rhythms to searing new levels. Each song on King Of The North was dedicated to a different story of Finnish mythology – underlined by Wolfheart’s grand, crushing songwriting and production. “Ancestor”, featuring none other than Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage fame, is the album’s top frostbitten anthem, unleashing Wolfheart’s most crushing blast beats and cutting-edge vocal performances. “The King” marches on, telling the tale of the forest god with horns and pianos accompanying heavy guitar riffs and solos, before raising the energy levels once more on the relentless “Cold Flame” featuring Karl Sanders of legendary extreme metal group Nile. “King Of The North” is a true masterpiece of melodic death metal, crafted with loads of attention to detail and intricate mythology-driven storytelling – showcasing Wolfheart at never before heard artistic levels.

One story from the colossal theme album “King Of The North” was left behind and 8th of September will tell the tale of the malevolent sea monster known by the name Iku-Turso. There are various descriptions about Iku-Turso from a god of war to a father of diseases and overall it is truly primeval creature in Finnish mythology and definitely deserves and epic and thundering track to tell its tale and that is what Wolfheart delivers briefly prior to their 1st headline tour in Europe in November 2023.

You can watch the new video below:

You can also stream or buy the new song here.

Cover art: Nikos Stavridakis / VisionBlack

Wolfheart + Before The Dawn – Co-headline over Finland 2023

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22.9. Tavastia-klubi, Helsinki
23.9. Tullikamarin Pakkahuone, Tampere
29.9. Tanssisali Lutakko, Jyväskylä
30.9. sawohouse_underground, Kuopio
6.10. Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki
7.10. Tullisali, Oulu
13.10. Logomo Teatro, Turku
14.10. House Of Rock, Kouvola

Wolfheart Headlining over Europe (+ Before The Dawn + Hinayana)

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03.11.23 CH – Aarau / KiFF
04.11.23 BE – Louvain La Neuve / Mass Deathtruction Festival

05.11.23 GB – London / The Dome*
06.11.23 NL – Rotterdam / Baroeg
07.11.23 FR – Paris / Backstage By The Mill
08.11.23 DE – Siegburg / Kubana
09.11.23 DE – Trier / Mergener Hof
10.11.23 NL – Helmond / Cacaofabriek
11.11.23 DE – Essen / Turock
12.11.23 AT – Innsbruck / PMK
13.11.23 SL – Ljubljana / Orto Bar
14.11.23 DE – Munich / Backstage Halle
15.11.23 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra
16.11.23 AT – Vienna / Szene
17.11.23 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
18.11.23 DE – Weissenhäuser Strand / Metal Hammer Paradise
19.11.23 DE – Berlin / ORWO Haus
20.11.23 CZ – Prague / Futurum Music Bar
21.11.23 PL – Warsaw / Hydrozagadka
22.11.23 PL – Kraków / Kamienna 12
23.11.23 DE – Dresden / Chemiefabrik
24.11.23 DE – Mannheim / MS Connexion Complex
25.11.23 DE – Hannover / Musikzentrum
26.11.23 NL – Maasstricht / Muziekgieterij*No Hinayana